Trove Tuesday

Trove Tuesday – More about Matilda Stewart Gordon

For this week’s Trove Tuesday, I decided to check for any other articles about Matilda Gordon, nee Stewart, and found that Matilda had given evidence at an abduction case.

The abduction case
THE ABDUCTION CASE. (1868, November 19). The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 – 1954), p. 3. Retrieved October 3, 2016, from


This article showed that Matilda had lived at 159 King St as early as 1868, and possibly even earlier.  The article also showed that Matilda had a daughter who was 16 years old – therefore born about 1852.  I hadn’t been able to find a birth entry for Matilda’s daughter Matilda Stewart Gordon on the Victorian birth death and marriages website, and this could explain why.  In these indexes, the church records only go up to 1852, and civil registration began in 1853.  If Matilda was born in 1852, but not baptized until 1853, she wouldn’t be included in these indexes.

The article also provided the information that Matilda Gordon’s daughter (who would probably have been Matilda) had attended St James’ school.

There were a number of other articles about the case:

Leader (Melbourne, Vic. : 1862 – 1918) Saturday 21 November 1868 p 14 Article

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1957) Wednesday 16 December 1868 p 6 Article

The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 – 1954) Wednesday 16 December 1868 p 2 Article

Leader (Melbourne, Vic. : 1862 – 1918) Saturday 19 December 1868 p 20 Article

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1957) Thursday 19 November 1868 p 6 Article

Matilda Gordon was also mentioned in this article about the will of Thomas Fraser

Will of Thomas Fraser
Advertising (1873, December 2). The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 – 1954), p. 1. Retrieved October 3, 2016, from

I then decided to have a look at Thomas Fraser’s will, to see what it said about Matilda.  The following section was completed by Matilda.

“I Matilda Stewart Gordon of King Street in the city of Melbourne in the Colony of Victoria Boarding house keeper…”

I now had the information that Matilda kept a boarding house in King Street.